(8/4/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. T.J. Dillashaw - 93.8
2. Alex Perez - 92.8
3. Renato Carneiro - 92.8
4. Pedro Munhoz - 92.3
5. Thiago Santos - 92.0
6. Marlon Vera - 91.8
7. Weili Zhang - 91.7
8. Henry Cejudo - 91.2
9. Ricky Simon - 90.9
10. Demetrious Johnson - 90.9
UFC 227: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2
Location: Los Angeles, California
Elevation: 233'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt
92.8
Fighters & Matches 89.8
Top 10 Fighters 92.0
TOTAL 90.9
89.2
KO
(Punch to the Body)
9:53
     These guys traded strikes at a decent pace for the duration of the first round. There was a bit of clinching, with Wuliji appearing to be the stronger fighter from the clinch, but Vera clipped him with some solid strikes from distance. The first round was competitive, but I'd probably score it for Wuliji, based on clinch control, and he tripped Vera with 20 seconds left in the round.
     Vera came out swinging to start the second round, and he clipped Wuliji with some fast punches, but Wuliji was able to take him down again 40 seconds into the round, pinning Vera against the fence. Wuliji worked a little ground & pound, but wasn't active enough, so the referee reset them 2 minutes into the round. Vera started winging bombs again, and he landed a few, causing Wuliji to clinch again. They continued to exchange some violent strikes, with Vera moving forward, throwing a lot of wild shit, and then Vera clinched and took down Wuliji with a minute left in the round, and he landed in side control. Vera punched Wuliji in the head a few times, landed some hard elbows to the side of his head, Wuliji started to stand back up, but in my opinion, Vera clearly stole that round, but it doesn't matter! With 10 seconds left in the round, Vera unloaded on Wuliji with some big body shots against the fence, and Wuliji dropped, causing the referee to stop the fight. That was a much needed win for Marlon "Chito" Vera.
89.1
Decision
15:00
      These girls traded a few single strikes to start the first round, and then once a couple of minutes had passed, Zhang unloaded on Taylor, hit her with some big shots, and then tripped her with a body lock near the fence. Zhang beat her up a little bit on the ground, and then Taylor rolled for a heel hook, but Zhang was able to escape, but that was enough to allow Taylor to get back to her feet. They continued to trade strikes until the end of the round, and Zhang looked like the Terminator out there, and she also looked like she was nearly twice Taylor's size. Right as the round was ending, Taylor clipped Zhang with a big punched that wobbled her, but it was too little too late. That round should go to Zhang.
     Zhang came out swinging in the second round, as she continued to stalk Taylor, basically chasing her around the cage, while Taylor was backing up the entire time, while looking to land counters, but she wasn't throwing very much offense at all. Taylor clipped Zhang with a left hand 2 minutes into the round, and Zhang stumbled backwards, but she caught herself, and went right back to moving forward. Taylor landed a few more hard bombs, but Zhang was picking her apart with a wide variety of strikes, while constantly moving forward. I have Zhang ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but Taylor deserves some credit for landing some big shots.
     The final round was more of the same, with both girls trading some solid strikes, but Zhang just seemed to control too much of the fight. In the end, I scored the fight 30-27 for Weili Zhang in her UFC debut, and I think most people would agree with me, but all 3 judges scored it 29-28, still for Zhang, but I thought she should have won all 3 rounds. That was a pretty good fight for both fighters though.
92.3
KO
(Punches)
3:46
      HOLY SHIT! Jose Torres is tough, but Alex Perez came out looking like old school Anderson Silva, as he landed insanely crisp strikes, at an insanely high volume, and he pretty much dominated Torres for the duration of the first round, all the way up until the point where Torres couldn't absorb any more damage, which caused Torres to collapse near the fence, and the referee stopped the fight. Perez landed 104 strikes in the first round!?! GOD DAMN! Alex Perez is fucking legit! He just took out Torres in the first round, handing Torres the first loss of his career, after 16 fighters (including 8 amateur fights). Alex Perez is someone to keep an eye on for sure.
86.9
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few hard strikes to start the first round, with Sayles moving forward the entire time, but Moraes blasted him with some heavy kicks, including several to the body, and one to the head. They continued to trade strikes at a decent pace, and Sayles was showing way too many openings. I'm giving that first round to Moraes.
     The second round was another round of kickboxing, with Sayles showing a lot of holes, and Moraes looking ok, but not that impressive. Moraes continued to beat up Sayles for most of the round, but neither fighter was really doing any noticeable damage. I have Moraes ahead 20-18 going into the final round, based on being the better fighter, but neither of these guys are going to be ranked any time soon.
     Sayles was coming forward in the third round, looking like he had some solid cardio, but Moraes was still sort of landing the better strikes. Moraes was also warned for multiple eye pokes. Sayles was really picking up the pace in the third round, and Moraes was slowing down, but I think it might be too little too late for Sayles, unless he can get a point taken away from Moraes for another eye poke. That third round definitely goes to Sayles, and I'd kind of like to see him win the fight, but I have to score it 29-28 for Moraes. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Sheymon Moraes.
87.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys were both trading some hard punches & kicks in the first round, and neither fighter was willing to back down at all. Ramos had Kang in trouble at one point, so I thought I was going to give the round to Ramos, but Kang scored a slick takedown late in the round, so that might change the scoring a bit, but Ramos popped back up a few seconds later, so yeah, I'm giving that round slightly to Ramos.
     Ramos was beating up Kang for the first minute of the second round with some clean striking, and then Kang caught a kick, and tripped Ramos, and then Kang settled into Ramos's guard. Kang tried to work some ground & pound, and then Ramos rolled for a brutal looking kneebar, but Kang somehow pulled his leg free, went for a guillotine choke, fucked it up, and Ramos ended up on top inside Kang's guard. They stood back up with a minute left in the round. Ramos continued to pick apart Kang on the feet until the end of the round, and in my opinion, Ramos stole that round, giving him a 20-18 advantage going into the final round.
     The final round was another competitive round of striking, with Kang appearing to have a bit more gas, so I'd probably give that final round to Kang, but this fight should still be a clear cut 29-28 decision in favor of Ramos. The judges were split, giving the split-decision victory to Ricardo Lucas Ramos.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, Simon scored a takedown 45 seconds into the opening round, but he couldn't hold Jackson down, so they popped back up, and Simon clinched and pressed Jackson against the fence. They both had some interesting exchanges in the first round, which made the round hard to score. I'd probably lean slightly in favor of Simon, but Jackson looks dangerous.
     Simon sort of scored a takedown a minute into the second round, but Jackson reversed him on the way down, they popped back up, Jackson dumped Simon to the ground, and they popped back up again. The round eventually ended with Simon scoring a takedown, and he finished the round with back control. I have Simon ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but this has been a really close round so far.
     Jackson scored an early takedown to start the third round, they popped back up almost immediately, Jackson blasted Simon with some big strikes, and then Simon dumped Jackson to the ground, and landed in full mount, quickly taking Jackson's back 2 minutes into the final round. Jackson worked his way back to his feet a minute later. They continued to battle it out until the end of this round, but this should be a 30-27 decision for Ricky Simon. All 3 judges agreed, giving Simon the hard fought unanimous decision, as he hands Jackson the first loss of his career.
90.8
Decision
15:00
      Munhoz threw some hard leg kicks, Johns shot for a takedown, Munhoz stuffed the shot, and they reset. They continued to brawl at a decent pace for most of the round, and the first round could probably go either way. The second round had Munhoz chopping down the lead leg of Johns with brutal kicks, he then tried to finish him off with a guillotine, but Johns was able to get back up, and reset. The lead leg of Johns was still clearly fucked up though. They continued to brawl at a high pace, and Munhoz dropped Johns with a massive uppercut at the end of the round, but Johns was able to defend himself on the ground long enough to make it to the third round. This fight is fucking wild. The final round was another round of Munhoz beating the shit out of Johns, leading to the clear cut unanimous decision victory for Pedro Munhoz.
90.3
Decision
15:00
      Santos threw some bombs, and then took down Holland, and beat the shit out of him on the ground with some brutal punches & elbows on the ground from inside Holland's guard. Holland worked his way back to his feet late in the round, but not after clearly getting dominataed for 4+ minutes by Thiago Santos.
     They traded some hard strikes to start the second round, Holland kept spitting out his mouthpiece, and then Santos dumped him to the ground again, a minute into the round, landing in full mount this time. Holland eventually swept him, went for a Kimura, and he finished the round on top, and he probably stole the round in the process. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, with maybe a SLIGHT advantage for Santos.
     The final round was another round where Santos beat up Holland, took him down, mounted him, and beat the shit out of him on the ground until the end of the round. He even came close to finishing the fight with an arm-triangle choke, but he wasn't able to finish it. In the end, this was a clear cut 29-28 unanimous decision victory for Thiago Santos. Both of these guys are solid fighters, but Santos was too much for Holland tonight in Holland's UFC debut.
88.0
Decision
15:00
      This fight started with a lot of clinching, and then Aldrich scored a takedown, and beat up Mota on the ground for most of the round, while Mota tried to do some damage from her guard. That round was close and could go either way. The second round started with some striking, eventually hit the ground, and Mota dominated Aldrich on the ground with her Jiu-Jitsu, but Aldrich finished the round strong, ending up on top, and dropping some big strikes. This fight is really hard to score. They continued to battle it out on the feet in the third round, with Aldrich moving forward the entire time, leading to the unanimous decision victory for J.J. Aldrich.
89.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:15
      These guys came out swinging, and Carneiro was the first one to drop Swanson. He then beat the shit out of him with some big strikes on the ground, they stood back up, Carneiro blasted him with a knee, took him down again, eventually took his back, and finished the fight with a tight rear-naked choke. That was a fantastic performance by Renato Carneiro, and Swanson is now on a 3-Fight losing streak.
92.8
Decision
(Split)
25:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and Cejudo rolled his ankle early in the first round. Johnson was blasting him with a lot of leg kicks, and both of Cejudo's knees were really red, but he seemed to be fighting through whatever his issue was. He blasted Johnson with some big strikes throughout the round, but I'm still going to have to score that round for Johnson.
     The second round was another round of clean back & forth striking, as Johnson continued to destroy the legs of Cejudo, but Cejudo was still working some decent boxing as well. Cejudo took down Johnson with a minute left in the second round, and he secured half mount. Cejudo spent the rest of the round basically just grinding on Johnson. He didn't do anything on the ground, but he might have stolen the round with the takedown.
     The third round was another fantastic round of striking, with Johnson picking apart Cejudo for the most part. There were a few scrambles, where Cejudo tried to take the fight to the ground, but Johnson's ability to scramble out of danger is fucking ridiculous. I have Johnson ahead 29-28 going into the Championship rounds.
     Johnson continued to beat up Cejudo on the feet for the first 3 minutes of the fourth round, and then Cejudo caught a kick and took down Johnson against the fence again. Cejudo spent the rest of the round on top, basically just grinding while throwing short punches. Cejudo probably stole that round with his 2 minutes of top control. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Johnson clearly won the first half of the round again in the fifth round, and then Cejudo shot for a takedown with 2 minutes left, but he couldn't quite get it, so he ended up with the back clinch. Cejudo tried to slam him, but Johnson spun out of that, and took control of the clinch. Cejudo tripped Johnson with 90 seconds left in the round, and Johnson popped back up immediately. The round ended with a wild barrage of strikes going both ways. This fight was insanely close, it could go either way, technically I'm leaning toward a 48-47 scorecard in favor of Cejudo, but I don't think he did quite enough to "take the belt" from the Champ, so I don't know man... This shit was almost too close to call, so I hope Johnson keeps his belt. The judges basically agreed with me, giving the split-decision victory to Henry Cejudo. That's pretty insane. Great fight by both fighters.
92.8
KO
(Knee & Punches)
4:10
      These guys circled around each other for the first 2 minutes or so, trading single shots, but neither fighter was really going after it yet. Garbrandt rocked Dillashaw at the 2 minute mark, but Dillashaw recovered quickly. Garbrandt hurt Dillashaw again halfway through the round, he went in for the kill, but got sloppy, Dillashaw clipped him, and then Garbrandt shot for a terrible takedown to buy himself some time to recover. They reset a few seconds later. They traded some hard strikes, Dillashaw was stalking Garbrandt, Dillashaw dropped Garbrandt with some big punches, he bullied him up against the fence, blasted him with a big knee, hit him with a few more punches, and Garbrandt looked like he was out on his feet, so the referee stopped the fight. That was another fantastic finish by T.J. Dillashaw. I really don't like him, but that was a big win, and it was a clean finish. I don't know how interested I am in seeing him fight Cejudo in a "super fight" though.
OVERALL 90.9
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